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In Recognition of HOBY’s Volunteers

We asked HOBY staff and Volunteer leadership to share why they volunteer or work with volunteers, their advice for volunteers and what they love most about HOBY’s volunteers. Lots of nuggets of knowledge and encouragement! Happy Volunteer Month! I work with volunteers because they are the backbone of everything we do at HOBY. Without them […]

Alumni Spotlight: Megan de Armas – HOBY Florida South, 2016

“HOBY taught me that I can make a difference in the world around me. It transformed me into a confident, global leader.” Megan De Armas utilized her HOBY skills with her experience in volunteering to create her own nonprofit project, “Kickin’ It With Kidz.” Her inspiration for the program began the summer of her eighth-grade […]

The Future is Feminine

March: home to Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day. This tradition has been around in one form or another since 1909 and focuses on amplifying the hisherstories of sheroes who helped to shape a more female-friendly world.   While I am grateful for the grandmothers who gave everything to provide opportunities for girls like […]

Making All the Difference: Youth Leadership in Uganda

“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” -Albert Schweitzer In January, with my “Seminar in a Suitcase” packed and ready to go, I ventured off on my very long journey to meet up with our in-country partners, The CEMM Group, and the HOBY Uganda […]

Alumni Spotlight: Brooke Mazzone – HOBY New Jersey, 2013

“HOBY teaches its youth that youth means very little. Age is nothing but a demographic. We are young, yes, but we hold the capacity to change the world in a world that desperately needs change!” Growing up as part of a resource family for foster children, Brooke Mazzone has always had a passion for helping […]

Kindness– Let’s Fill Up the Cup This Week!

The time for kindness is now. This week is Random Acts of Kindness Week. Yes, ALL Week! Every day is an opportunity to spread happiness, and it doesn’t take much. Studies show that acts of kindness and service to others improves our own physical and mental health, and is rumored to increase lifespan! When learning […]

WLC: What I Wish For Every High School Student

The HOBY experience has been nothing but OUTSTANDING! Both of our sons attended South Florida HOBY and WLC, Nicholas in 2015 and Noah in 2018. From the moment we sent Nick to HOBY we had no idea what to expect, but as a family, we were going through a tough time with him and honestly, […]

Why Your Study Abroad Experience Will Change the World

Leaving home for weeks, months, and years to study while living halfway around the globe was not necessarily something I pictured myself doing while growing up in my small hometown.  When the opportunity presented itself, I was excited to meet wonderful people, learn about cultures new to me, try delicious foods, and see the big […]